I’ve been tagged with this book meme thing which goes like this:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other people.
I’m reading Turnings by Guy Chevreau which arrived out of the blue through my letterbox. I think I know who it might have come from, but I met them last week and they didn’t mention it. Perhaps they’re waiting for me to say something first? Anyway, Turnings compares the impact of the Kingdom among the poor and in the west. Page 123 has a picture on it:
which makes finding sentences difficult. However, I was fascinated to follow the journey of the meme back a few generations to see where it had come from and who I might meet along the way.
First up, I was tagged by Tom, schools worker with CYO, on 21st February. He works across the desk from me and we share a love of communicating the Christian faith to young people, and pondering big questions.
Tom was tagged by Rev Sam, a friend of ours who is rector of West Mersea. Sam is a prolific blogger, thinker, ecologist, dog walker and photographer.
Benjamin had been tagged by Joe, from Coventry, UK, who runs an amazing thing called the Freedom Clothing Project which works with Palestinian owned factories in Bethlehem. Joe had been tagged by David, a vicar in Yeovil, Somerset. David had also tagged Ian at Youthblog, with whom I occasionally swap news and comments, so there was a fleeting possibility that the meme could have come to me from there.
David’s tagging came courtesy of Steve, Associate vicar at Nailsea who had been tagged by Cosmo from Dublin who had been tagged by Ali, a teacher and mum from Belfast, who had been tagged by Dana from Houston, Texas, who had been tagged by Courtney, also from Houston, who posted her response to the meme on 6th February.
So there you have it. Ten steps of meme-ness in 15 days.
I’ve had a blast tracking all these people down and taking a look at their blogs – something I would not normally have done. Thanks everyone.
Who am I going to tag? Well most of the people I know seem to have had this one by now so I think I’ll leave it there.